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Note Taking Skills: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercise

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Review the lesson for Note Taking Skills: Writing Skills Success Study Guide.

Practice the learning strategies of underlining, annotating, making note cards, and mapping ideas.  Then check your answers.

Practice Exercise: Underline and Annotate

The following is a passage from this text to underline and annotate. Make margin summaries of the key points in each paragraph. Then, make a mnemonic based on your margin notes.

Take Small Bites of Time

Most people memorize information best when they study in small periods over a long period of time

Memorizing facts from index cards that can be carried with you and pulled out for a few 10-minute sessions each day will yield better results than sitting down with a textbook for an hour straight. You'll find that these short but regular practices will greatly aid your recall of lots of information. They're a great way to add more study time to your schedule.

Break It Up

When you have a list to memorize, break the list into groups of seven or any other odd number. People seem to remember best when they divide long lists into shorter ones—and, for some reason, shorter ones that have an odd number of items in them. So instead of trying to memorize ten vocabulary or spelling words, split your list into smaller lists of seven and three, or five and five, to help you remember them.

Create Visual Aids

Give yourself visual assistance in memorizing. If there's a tricky combination of letters in a word you need to spell, for example, circle or underline it in red or highlight it in the text. Your eye will recall what the word looks like.

Do It Out Loud

Give yourself auditory assistance in memorizing. Many people learn best if they hear the information. Sit by yourself in a quiet room and say aloud what you need to learn. Or give your notes to someone else and let that person quiz you on the material.

Use Mnemonics

Mnemonics, or memory tricks, are things that help you remember what you need to know. The most common type of mnemonic is the acronym. One acronym you may already know is HOMES, for the names of the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior). ROY G. BIV reminds people of the colors in the spectrum (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet).

Note Cards

Make note cards with definitions for each kind of learning modality:

  • visual
  • auditory
  • kinesthetic

Mapping

Here is an outline of the learning strategies covered in this chapter. Using the same information, make a map or diagram of the same material.

  1. How to study most effectively
    1. Annotating
    2. Outlining
    3. Mapping
  2. How to make study notes
    1. Notebook pages
    2. Index cards
      1. Reasons for using index cards
  3. Memory methods

Answers: Completed Sample Annotation

Take Small Bites of Time

Studying for Success

Most people memorize information best when they study in small periods over a long period of time.

 

Memorizing facts from portable index cards that can be carried with you and pulled out for a few 10-minute sessions each day will yield better results than sitting down with a textbook for an hour straight. You'll find that these short but regular practices will greatly aid your recall of lots of information. They're a great way to add more study time to your schedule.

 

Studying for Success

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